Well, hello there, friend!
Today, I’m coming before you getting really real.
You know how I talk a lot about simplifying your life so that you can happily find margin in your days to slow down and rest? And how you should embrace self-care and personal boundaries?
Well, I have an announcement to make (you might want to sit down for this…).
Life doesn’t always work the way you want it to! I know this comes to a shock to many of you! 🙂
There simply are going to be days (or months, or yes, maybe even years) where busyness is your jam, your way of life, and your norm.
With the end of the school year wrapping up, my days are spent getting in last minute work projects before the kids are home for the summer. Add in band and choir concerts, field trips, award ceremonies, track and field days, birthday parties, and spring sports, and well my days are full.
There is no doubt you can relate. You probably can add 10 more items to the May-is-always-busy list!
Despite the chaos of the days and how full the calendar reads, I have learned several ways to slow down. These strategies have been my lifeline. I hope they become your lifeline as well!
Four Ways to Slow Down Despite the Chaos of Life
Bookmark Your Days by Spending Time With God
When we get busy, there are always key habits we skip out on. One of these habits is spending quiet time with God. More than any other strategy listed, this one should never get compromised. We need God in the busyness of our days!
Start your morning surrendering your day to Him. Ask Him to reveal your priorities for the day while giving you the strength to get through it.
End your day with a prayer of thanksgiving. Use the God-signs you saw in your day to say thanks. If it helps, write them down and notice how God shows up when you invite Him in.
Embrace Natural Pauses in your Day
Take time each day to look up from your work and tasks.
Every day presents itself with natural breaks. Using the bathroom, getting a drink of water, going to the copier, walking to your car, switching out the laundry, and driving are just a few examples.
When you have a natural break, use the time to be fully present in the moment.
Look up at the sky. What shape are the clouds forming? What do you hear and see? Silence the noise in your car and quietly soak in the sounds you hear around you. Take time to notice the coolness of the water you are drinking and how it feels traveling down your throat.
Take Time to Breathe
Breathing is such an under-utilized gift!
When our days are full, we move from one task to the next without taking time to do deep, healing breathes; one that originates in your belly and expands your rib cage before collapsing back to its original position.
Rather, we spend our day doing shallow breathing. This breathing begins and ends in your chest. Without the opportunity to receive full oxygen, our heart rate speeds up, affecting both our mind and body.
Finding a few minutes throughout the day to simply breathe will do wonders to slowing down a chaotic day.
Reprogram your Thinking
There are two ways to look at busy. You can say “I dread how busy this day is going to be!” Or you could say, “I love the adventure this day is going to bring!”
Sometimes reprograming how we think about the busyness of our days is enough to slow the day. While it wouldn’t physically take commitments off your calendar, it will slow down your mental processing of the day.
This easy mental shift can be the difference between stressed out and calm and peaceful. Don’t let your mind hijack the fun and adventure that busyness can bring!
Friend, the calendar might show chaos, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take moments out of your day to intentionally slow down. Do this by bookmarking your days with God, embracing natural pauses in your day, taking time to do deep, healing breathes, and reprograming how you think about your busyness. And never forget the power of a smile and a laugh!
Do you have any other lifelines you use to slow down your days? I would love to hear them! Hit reply to this email and let me know what works for you!
Praying you through,